With a vision of better lives for the citizens of the Bahamas and of his home, Nassau, Stephen Eric Lawrence founded his charitable entity, the Lawrence Family Foundation, in 2005. Stephen Eric Lawrence’s diverse philanthropic activities include donating to the Bahamas National Family Island Regatta.Held in George Town on the island of Exuma, the Bahamas National Family Island Regatta represents the intricate link between sailing with the history and culture of the Bahamas. Initiated to revive sailing in the 1950s, the regatta preserves the people’s boat-building skills and sailing experience. According to competition rules, Bahamians must design, build, own, and sail their vessels. Boat materials must preserve early traditions. The Bahamas National Family Island Regatta takes place over three days, with vessels such as schooners, dinghies, and sloops competing. In some cases, entering sailors have never raced their boats. Boats navigate Elizabeth Harbour as competitors vie to win various prizes. While the regatta has included additional events like beauty pageants over the years, the competition remains the anchor that represents the islands’ rich sailing traditions.
The chairman of the Lawrence Family Charitable Foundation, Stephen Eric Lawrence believes that strengthening a community starts with its people, particularly its youth. He aims to carry out this mission in the Bahamas. In 2005, Stephen Eric Lawrence founded the Lawrence Family Charitable Foundation in order to provide community services and fund worthy charitable projects on the island. Largely focused on youth, the Lawrence Family Charitable Foundation is a proud sponsor of Let's Swim Bahamas, a program that provides free swimming lessons to school-aged children in a number of Bahamas’ primary schools. While the program’s founders aim to produce some great competitive swimmers, their primary motivation is to allow more children to safely enjoy and appreciate the beautiful waters of the Bahamas. Sponsors such as the Lawrence Family Charitable Foundation play a vital part, as they help to cover the cost of coaches, swim kits, bus transportation, and scholarship programs for young athletes interested in after-school swimming lessons.
A longtime resident of the Bahamas, Stephen Eric Lawrence is actively engaged in a wide range of charitable causes in the region. He currently performs volunteer work and offers donations in affiliation with the Lawrence Family Charitable Foundation. Since establishing his role as Chairman of the Foundation, he has offered donations to organizations such as the Butch Kerzner Summit Foundation, the Free National Movement, the Clinton Foundation, the Bahamas National Family Island Regatta in Exuma, Bahamas, and the Royal Bahamas Police Force. Recently, Stephen Eric Lawrence undertook a major project to completely renovate the elderly care facility Unity House. Mr. Lawrence’s Foundation provided financing for new drywall, roofing, appliances, electrical wiring, mattresses, and more. The Lawrence Family Charitable Foundation has also recently provided extensive support to local soup kitchens. For example, through the St. Matthew's Anglican Church soup kitchen in Nassau, Bahamas, Stephen Eric Lawrence helped to fund roughly 50,000 plates of food for the local homeless population. Educated at the University of Western Ontario, Stephen Eric Lawrence holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Master of Business Administration. During the mid-1990s, he achieved extensive professional experience serving with a venture capital firm. He subsequently pursued entrepreneurial interests in the investment management industry, focusing on investments in technology and real estate. In 2003, Stephen Eric Lawrence founded his current firm, Trinity Company. Based in Nassau, Trinity Company specializes in technology-based private equity investments and real estate development. Stephen Eric Lawrence is an avid traveler and an outdoor sports enthusiast. His favorite pastimes include skiing at top destinations throughout the world and taking boating trips with his friends and family.